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The Lechota Legacy - Tom and Tim Take Off with Aviation

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People often asked Hank Williams Jr. why he did certain things -- a lot of them bad. In song and verse, Hank provided one of his trademarked replies, saying he was simply carrying on the “family tradition.”

Marcus Williams: From Seattle to Supersonic (Almost!)

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Growing up in the northwest section of the United States, several things are hard to ignore: the Seattle Seahawks, Starbucks Coffee, Microsoft, the birthplace of Grunge and Boeing. For Marcus Williams the influence of the aerospace giant would have a profound effect on his upbringing, leading him to the place he is today.

State of the WMU College of Aviation - 2015

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Happy New Year, although a bit late, to our aviation family and friends. I’ve got some really exciting updates to share with you and welcome any feedback or conversations you might like to have.

75 Years of Aviation Education - A WMU Celebration

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Seventy-five years of aviation at Western Michigan University and what the next quarter of a century will bring was celebrated Oct. 24 in Battle Creek. As Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons said in that memorable song, “Oh, what a night” and what a night it turned out to be.

From Rockford to Republic - Marty Coaker's Aviation Journey

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Marty Coaker grew up in Rockford, MI.  Aviation was in his blood and he wanted to transcend the confines of gravity.  According to Coaker, “My parents say that it’s (aviation) always been something that I wanted.  As long as I can remember, flying has been my goal.”

"Eaggles" Land his "Field" of Dreams

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Captain Dave Powell, dean of the College of Aviation, is often quoted as saying, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky, than good.” Very often, we have the best of intentions; going into something with a keen sense of where we are heading. However, it is common to experience some turbulence, or other life-changing event, resulting in rerouting our plans. Sean Egglesfield was both good and lucky.

Aviation at WMU - 75 Years and Counting!

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Three quarters of a century.  A drop in the bucket when thinking about the galactic calendar, but pretty significant when talking about the history of aviation.  75 years ago aviation was barely an industry; at worst – a fad, at best – the next best thing.  Standing on the precipice those many years ago, only those with vision, fortitude, and instinct were brave enough to trust their instincts and launch themselves head first into this brave new world.

From Sweeper to Supply Chain: Wasinsky Lands Solid Aviation Career

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As a student at Western Michigan University’ College of Aviation, George “Chip” Wasinsky dreamed of the day his career would take off.  With a solid aviation blood line, Wasinsky was destined to enter the business.  His journey would run the gauntlet – taking him from the bottom, up the career ladder.

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